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Gunnedah

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North Coast | North Eastern NSW

Gunnedah is situated on the Liverpool Plains in North West NSW, the rich agricultural area inspired one of Australia’s favourite poets, Dorothea Mackellar who wrote ‘My Country’.

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Location

Gunnedah is located 430 km (5 hr drive) from Sydney. The major regional centre of Tamworth is 79 km (65 min drive) from Tamworth.

Gunnedah is home to one of the largest and healthiest Koala populations in the country, tree corridors planted through Gunnedah mean there are even koalas living within the town.

How to get there

The closest airport to Gunnedah is Tamworth Regional Airport, 50 min drive from Gunnedah. Qantas and Virgin provide regular flights to Sydney and Jetgo provides direct flights to Brisbane.

NSW TrainLink provides a daily service to Sydney from Tamworth Railway Station.

Population

The population of Gunnedah is nearly 10,000 people, their median age is 38 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 14% of the population.

Gunnedah is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Gunnedah Hospital is a 49-bed public hospital with an emergency department serviced by on call visiting medical officers and the obstetric unit services. Other services include chemotherapy, pathology, ultrasound, a hospice care unit, an elective surgery unit, general, orthopaedic and urology surgery, two minor operating rooms and an outpatient service.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Gunnedah.

Accredited GP practices

  • Barber Street Surgery
  • Northwest Family Medical - Gunnedah

Doctor accommodation

Gunnedah Council has two, two bedroom fully furnished units that may be available for rent, please contact the GP Synergy Rural Support Officer for details.

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Gunnedah are: coal mining, retail, takeaway food services, local government administration and secondary education.
  • Childcare

For young families Gunnedah region offers a range of childcare options including occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

Shopping opportunities in Gunnedah include Aldi, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, Target Country, Harvey Norman, Best and Less, Mitre 10 and a variety of specialty and boutique stores. Nearby Tamworth offers more variety of shops given its status as a regional centre.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship located in Gunnedah include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Outreach Centre, Grace Christian Centre, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches.
  • Points of interest

There is something for everyone in Gunnedah: nearby national parks for those who love the outdoors; wildlife that isn’t just confined to national parks; museums and memorials; a cultural precinct that includes a theatre and creative arts centre; an events calendar with music, equestrian events, markets and annual events like Australia’s largest primary industry field day.
  • Sporting activities

There is a good range of sporting facilities, cycleways and walking trails in Gunnedah. Sporting clubs and teams include cricket, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis, netball, swimming, triathlon/athletics and AFL. Many clubs and teams have their own websites or social media accounts.
  • Community groups and activities

There are many community groups and volunteer organisations in Gunnedah including landcare groups, service groups, aero and motoring groups, and a pottery club. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Come on Inland.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Gunnedah. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Gunnedah Shire Council, Townlife North West, Gunnedah Buy Swap And Sell and The Civic, Gunnedah.